Thoughts and News on Criminal Justice and Correctional Policy in California
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Six Days Till Troy Davis is Executed
Today, CNN features the excellent video above on Troy Davis' case, including interviews with the victim's family and with a juror from the original trial. It also provides a rich background on the racial overtones of the case. The plot is thicker and murkier than it appeared on the newspaper coverage, and this piece does a good job of exposing it.
NAACP petition to the original prosecutor
NAACP petition to the Georgia Department of Parole
Legal Professionals petition
Religious Leaders petition
As a coda, I want to offer a thought experiment. Having read plenty about this case, I am fairly convinced that Davis is factually innocent. But if he were guilty - and he's been in prison for the last two decades, scheduled for execution four times - does all that not count as punishment for homicide? The problem with our administration of the death penalty is that it is not merely execution; it's life imprisonment under atrocious conditions with an execution thrown in at the end as a coup-de-grace for good measure. It is an unconscionable system.
So, fight for Troy if you believe, as I do, that he is innocent; and I do hope you come to that conclusion upon learning more about the case. But think on whether this system makes sense for guilty people, too.
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